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Nigeria: Spanish Police Nab Six Nigerian Women Over Voodoo Prostitution Ring

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 06:24 // 1505
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More than 12 years after the Idia Renaissance group in Benin-City led by Mrs Eki Igbinedion, wife of former governor of Edo State, led a spirited campaign against human trafficking especially to Italy and other parts of Europe, the Spanish police have revealed they have broken up a ring that smuggled women from Nigeria into Spain and forced them into street prostitution by burning them with irons and using voodoo rituals.

The well-connected pimps, who usually come to Nigeria to look for young and innocent girls for the illicit trade of prostitution on the streets of European countries, usually lie to the parents of the unsuspecting girls that their children are being taken abroad to work as store/supermarket attendants, clerks or such other jobs.

In turn, they lure these girls to their destinations and make them swear an oath of allegiance and loyalty and even faithfulness to the terms and conditions of their engagement.

The gang often tortured the women and scared them with curses to force them on to the streets.

According to Daily Mail of London, six people, including one woman, believed to be the ringleader, were arrested after one of the women alerted the Spanish authorities.

"The control exercised over women was total, involving verbal threats as well as physical violence and various voodoo ceremonies to terrorise them," police said in a statement.

"The ring leader caused them serious injury through bites or by using an iron to cause second-degree burns."

The ring allegedly recruited women in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, reported Sky News.

Most of the women were vulnerable, struggling to raise children because their husbands and fathers had died. The gang transported the women over land to Morocco.

From there, they were smuggled to small wooden boats and taken into Spain. They were forced to work as street prostitutes in Barcelona and Malaga.

Spanish police have swooped on them several times in past years on similar prostitution rings that used the threat of voodoo curses. Often, the victims are taken to shrines and after taking oaths, are made to drink some substances that are meant to act as a monitor on their oaths. After which, they are told to leave personal items like dresses, bras, or such warts behind.

They are told this gives the juju priests power to harm them from afar, should they fail to keep to the terms, a kind of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). They are instructed to pay their debts, determined by the pimps, and forced to join a prostitution ring.

The women are brainwashed to believe that breaking their promise to the pimp will hold catastrophic consequences for both them and their families.

Sex gangs often use a form of witchcraft or juju to scare their "slaves" into working for them. Last year, a Nigerian people smuggler who used witchcraft rituals to force children to work as sex slaves was jailed for 20 years in Britain.

Osezua Osolase, 42, tricked poverty-stricken Nigerian orphans into travelling to the UK with the promise of a better life. But the young victims were raped, sexually abused and subjected to voodoo-style rituals by a child trafficking cartel.

Osolase, the linchpin of a multi-million pound global sex trafficking ring, used "juju" magic to control his victims. He told the teenage girls they would die or never bear children if they tried to escape or revealed what had happened to them.

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